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    [Slave Songs]. [William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware and Lucy McKim Garrison, editors]. Slave Songs of the United States. New York: A. Simpson & Co., 1867. First edition. Scarce. Publisher's pebbled cloth with spine titles in gilt. Front cover detached, but present. Rear cover starting, backstrip peeling with some loss. Binding slightly shaken. Some minor foxing, toning and dampstaining scattered throughout. Owner's ink inscription. Good.

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    "The First Collection of Negro spirituals." LCP Negro History Catalogue. The book is "of even more value" for the "scholarly preface. No amateur musicologist, Allen analyzed rhythms, lyric adaptations, and variations; indicated the occasions when the songs were sung; gave directions for singing them, complete with interjaculatory phrases; and fully described the 'shout,' a dancing song. The essay has further significance for its discussion of the dialect of the Port Royal Blacks and those of South Carolina in general." Id. Allen's effort began in 1861 with the Northern capture of Port Royal and the South Carolina Sea Islands. He acknowledges the assistance of Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Charlotte Forten, among others. In the March, 1998 issue of O.P. World (put out by Interloc), in an article titled "Books on the Blues", Paul Garon says for Blues Collectors, this is the "Foundation Stone."

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